Peter at Bars & Guitars recommended a cool (and free) iTunes plug-in called iConcertCal. After you install it, you click View > Show Visualizer on your iTunes menu bar, and it shows you a calendar of concerts in your area by the artists in your iTunes library. Very cool. The calendar interface could be a little bigger and the layout a little more pleasing to the eye, but the concept itself is brilliant. One quick look, and you’re plugged into the latest concert info for the artists you like.
At first glance for me, I found out that the weekend of February 17th will be a great one for New Orleans music in the Phoenix area. Saturday the 17th, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The following night, it’s the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Decisions decisions. Realistically, I’ll only be able to hit one of these. Which one should I choose?